Phoenix Police Department serves coffee for good cause

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Phoenix Police Department served up a few Starbucks lattes this morning, and all for a good cause.

From 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., about 25 Phoenix police officers got behind the counter at the Starbucks at 730 W. Camelback. They spent the morning serving cups of coffee, and all of the donations and tips collected will benefit the Arizona Special Olympics.

"This is really huge for us," Officer James Holmes said. "Starbucks has for the first time ever opened up their doors and hearts and joined our Special Olympics community for Law Enforcement Torch Run."

The "Tip-a-Cop" event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The Torch Run is an initiative that aims to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement.

"What this helps our athletes do is compete throughout the year," Josh Montgomery of the Special Olympics said. "It helps provide equipment and training. Events like these continue to help our organization and impact us, and provide the opportunity for these athletes to share their talents with the world."

The Arizona Special Olympics serves over 16,000 families in the state, and at no cost to the families because of events like this.

For more information, visit www.specialolympicsarizona.org.

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